Thunderclap on the Tour de France?

While the Tour de France 2023 route is to be unveiled this Friday, the next edition of the Grande Boucle could be marked by a huge absence.

Three months after the incredible duel between Jonas Vingaard and Tadej Pogacar on the roads of the Tour de France, the two men are expected on Friday at the Palais des Congrès for the announcement of the route of the next Grande Boucle. The Slovenian, dethroned by the Dane in July, dreams of revenge and a fight at the top with not only the leader of Jumbo Visma but also Egan Bernal or Remco Evenepoel.

It already seems certain that Tadej Pogacar will not be expected. The Belgian prodigy, winner of the Vuelta in September, should indeed stick to his initial plan and wait until 2014 to discover the Tour de France. The Quick-Step rider indeed favors the Giro for next year. ” I made my choice, but we won’t announce the decision until next January,” he designated shortly after the announcement of the route of a Tour of Italy 2023 to his measure, with no less than 70 kilometers of time trial.

The Giro is an option

But another cador could shine by his absence during the next Tour de France. The Jumbo indeed seems ready to do without Jonas Vingaard on the Grande Boucle in 2023. “ Jonas is still on vacation at the moment. When he comes back, we would like to hear his ideas. He’s never raced the previous Giro, so that’s an option.” explained its sporting director Merijn Zeema to Velonews.

Jonas Vingaard was mentally out of the last Tour de France and the Dutch team could therefore be tempted to preserve him. “We will always hear the preferences of Primoz Roglic, he continued. A conversation will follow with staff and coaches. In December we will know what to do. » The interested party seems not to have decided to defend his yellow jersey. “I don’t think I have to defend my title on the Tour, but I want to”, he indeed named on the subject.

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